Low Cost Safari around Serengeti and the Great Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania
Discover two Wonders of the World! This itinerary combines the Great Migration of Wildebeests this year with a Natural Park that is a World Heritage Site since 1981. You will visit three of Tanzania’s most famous national parks. There is no better way to see the Great Migration of Wildebeests in action.
What does it include?
- Low range accommodation, hostel type and 1 or 2 star lodges.
- All meals on the Safari.
- All park fees and taxes.
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, mattresses, bags, pillows, table and chairs).
- Flying Doctors Rescue Insurance for the duration of the tour.
- Safaris to the National Parks.
- Accommodation in hotel / accommodation / camp during the safari.
- Private 4 × 4 vehicle with hatch in the roof and sliding windows for a 360 degree view of the surrounding wildlife, first aid kit, charging station and wifi.
- Water and hot drinks (tea and coffee). Each safari comes with a box with coffee and tea that can be enjoyed at any time during the safari.
- Binoculars. 1 pair for each car.
- Professional safari guide.
- Wildlife tours according to your itinerary preferences.
- Any tourist excursion and optional activities that are not specified.
- Entry visas.
- International flights.
- Travel insurance.
What is the Great Migration?
The Migration of Wildebeests is an annual migration from the Ndutu region, in Serengeti, to Maasai Mara, in southern Kenya.
One of the best times to take a safari to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the month of May, when you can see one of the greatest natural spectacles: The Great Migration. The arrival of the end of the rains to the Serengeti marks the beginning of this long journey in which more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles and other species of herbivores move to face a great challenge of survival.
In June and July the large herds will have been moving through the Maswa reserve, to the banks of the dangerous Grumeti River where crocodiles await their annual grand banquet. In August and September, the vast majority will have arrived north of the Serengeti Park through the Grumeti and Ikarongo reservoirs. It is from then on, when the great park of Kenya, the Masai Mara, is flooded with animal life. At the end of November, the great concentration of animals takes a new direction to the south to return to where it all started.
FIRST DAY – Arusha- Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park.
You can choose between visiting the Tarangire National Park or the Lake Manyara National Park. Different safaris will be offered depending on the time of the year. Your guide will help you choose the best option.
IF YOU CHOOSE THE TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
You will leave Arusha after breakfast for a trip of approximately two hours to the Park. Once you have entered Tarangire, you will begin a journey through a rich view of the endless golden savanna that surrounds the Tarangire River. The river itself flows throughout the year and is a vital source of water for the animals of the region during the dry season. The river, lined with acacias and baobabs, is visited regularly by the large elephant population of the park, as well as by other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes.
A picnic overlooking the river is a good way to assimilate everything, but you’ll have to stay alert as the local population of monkeys goes out of their way to separate you from your lunch.
Driving through the park you will also have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, buffalo and a large variety of antelopes. If you are very lucky, you may see animals in danger of extinction such as the Great Kudu or the striped-eared Oryx.
After the end of the day of travel, you will return to your accommodation at night.
On the way you will pass through the bustling Maasai villages and the wide and open plains that have become examples of African images.
IF YOU CHOOSE THE MANYARA LAKE NATIONAL PARK
You will leave Arusha after breakfast for a trip of approximately two hours to the National Park of Lake Manyara. You will pass through the Mto Wa Mbu, a market town, whose fresh agricultural produce is a melting pot of local cultures, and a paradise of souvenirs for travelers.
After a brief stop in this market, you will arrive at the National Park of Lake Manyara. The park is really a playground for photographers. You can see many of Africa’s best-known animals, with climbing lions, a special treat. These proud predators rest on the acacia trees, practically begging to be photographed.
Birdwatchers will find that Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a great variety of birds on display in the park. Even the beginner will be surprised by the large flocks of flamingos, the birds of prey in a circle and flocks of colorful birds above your head.
Finally you will return to your accommodation for dinner and rest until the next day.
SECOND DAY – Lake Manyara / Tarangire – Serengeti National Park
Note: Dependent on the time of year and the location of the Wildebeest Migration, your accommodation and precise location within the Serengeti National Park may vary. The itinerary may change slightly to accommodate this.
You will have breakfast early, since a great day of exploration and adventure awaits you!
The day will start with a spectacular journey towards the Serengeti; On the way you will see the rainforest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where, if you are lucky, you will see cape buffalo, baboons, and even elephants and leopards, hiding in the dense undergrowth.
They are approximately 4 hours on the way to the gates of the Serengeti National Park, although you can deviate to do one of the following optional activities:
Olduvai Gorge Museum: also known as the Cradle of Humanity, the Olduvai Gorge Museum houses some of the first human remains. Visit this museum and learn more about the evolution of humanity.
Visit Maasai: visit an authentic Maasai village, where you can see and be part of a traditional Masai dance, and even take some souvenirs from the local market.
Both activities involve an additional cost. Consult your guide to include them in your itinerary.
After a delicious meal in the Serengeti National Park, it’s time to start exploring and discovering the wild landscape of the iconic African savanna. You will be surprised how many animals you will find.
Dinner and night in the center of the National Park, as agreed and the type of accommodation selected among our options.
THIRD DAY – Serengeti National Park
You will leave before dawn. When the sun sets fire to the savanna, you will have the opportunity to see the predators in action, taking advantage of the low light and cold temperatures to look for their breakfast.
There is also the possibility of going to heaven on a safari with a hot air balloon and breakfast in the clouds. Consult your guide to add this unique experience to your adventure.
After an unforgettable morning, you will return to your accommodation for a lunch and you can refresh yourself before resuming the activity and having a picnic. Your driver will take you through the best routes, according to the animals you want to see and the time of year.
FOURTH DAY – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you will set off towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have the opportunity to see many animals in droves: wildebeest and zebra, giraffe elephants, antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant, and the most respected group of all: predators. You will discover leopards, hyenas, and finally, the king of the jungle: the lion.
Dinner and overnight in the Ngorongoro crater or near Karatu, as agreed and the type of accommodation selected among our options.
FIFTH DAY – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
After breakfast, you will leave for the Ngorongoro crater, considered the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Home to more than 120 species of mammals, including the legendary five large ones, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the safest safaris in the world. A particularly good place to see black rhinos, in danger of extinction, or numerous hippos enjoying cold water.
From the comfort of your convertible vehicle, you can observe and photograph the most recognizable faces of Africa: lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, buffalos, antelopes …
After the excitement of the day, you will have lunch in the famous hippo pool. Later, you will return to Arusha.
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